“A Time Given for Conversion

This Gospel shows how many people look at suffering. At the time of Jesus and sometimes today, people tend to associate suffering with committing sin. They think that if a person suffers a lot, he or she has committed many sins against God. Although this might be the case here and there, Jesus goes beyond the physical state of suffering to show that all are invited to turn to God in a radical way. Some suffering may be inflicted by other people, as those whom Herod killed. Or it may be due to an accident, like those on whom the tower of Siloam fell. In either case, those who suffer are not more sinful than those who do not suffer. For Jesus such tragic events are a reminder for all to change their lives and return to God because the time left is short.